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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: RAM RAMANATHAN - CLIMATE SCIENTIST

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Ramanathan I was listening to BBC News last night and heard an interview with a scientist described as one of the world's leading experts on climate change. That scientist is Indian-born Ram Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps
Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego. He recently won the Tyler Prize which is awarded to the top environmental scientist in the world.

UCSD describes Ramanathan:

One of the world's leading atmospheric scientists, Ramanathan was the
first to show that ozone-depleting aerosols could aggravate the
greenhouse effect. In 1980, he correctly predicted that global warming
from carbon dioxide would be detectable by the year 2000.

More recently, Ramanathan showed that South Asian "brown clouds" caused
by the burning of fossil fuels could lower ocean temperatures, slowing
down monsoon circulation and reducing seasonal rainfall. In a
pioneering study with agricultural economists, he linked the phenomenon
to a significant decrease in the Indian rice harvest. He has also
linked the combined heating effect of greenhouse gases and brown
clouds, which contain soot, trace metals and other particles, to the
recent retreat of Himalayan glaciers that supply drinking water to
billions of people.


Ramanathan also showed that black carbon particles in brown clouds
absorb far more solar radiation than previously thought, contributing
to the warming of the upper atmosphere.


"I currently consider Dr. Ramanathan to be one of the greatest, if not
the greatest, climate researcher," wrote Paul Crutzen, winner of the
1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and a former Scripps researcher, in
support of Ramanathan's nomination.



 
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  1. Antonin Karasky's Avatar
    Hi Greg

    Did you mean to say/type "Climate Scientist" anyway good post. Keep up the good work.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Good catch, Antonin. You see, I'm such a dedicated lawyer, that I think about my clients all the time. Or it could be that I was posting far in to the wee hours.
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